Gold rises on US election uncertainty, lockdown impact

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Gold prices have seen an increase on Monday as uncertainty looms large over the US election results on Tuesday.

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Spot gold prices rose 0.26% to $1,883.35 per ounce by 0820 GMT, while U.S. gold futures were up 0.09% at 1,881.50.

“We are seeing something of a resurgence in safe-haven buying,” said Harshal Barot, senior research consultant for South Asia at Metals Focus told Reuters news agency.

The dollar also rose slightly. Democratic candidate Joe Biden has a lead over President Donald Trump in the race to the White House.

Gold is historically seen as a safe haven and hedge against inflation.

Europe is still in the grip of lockdowns because of rising cases of COVID-19 in EU countries. A full national lockdown comes into effect in the UK later on this week.

Gold traders told media outlets that they fear that the lockdowns could lead to deflationary pressures.

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